A total of $37.55 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding was recently announced by Governor Nathan Deal. Over $32 million in CDBG funds will be for infrastructure improvements, neighborhood revitalization and centers to serve citizens in need in fifty-one communities across the state. Nearly $5 million in CDBG Employment Incentive Program and Redevelopment Fund awards will be awarded to 10 Georgia communities to invest in restoration and economic development projects.
“Georgia’s economic growth is a result of strong and prosperous communities across the state,” said Deal. “The CDBG program addresses critical community needs by providing cities and counties with the necessary resources to improve overall quality of life and revitalize the local economies that need it the most. By continuing to invest in our local communities, we are preparing all of Georgia’s citizens for an even brighter future as well as solidifying our position as the top state in the nation for business.”
The CDBG program supports projects in Georgia’s small and rural communities that create jobs and assist citizens with low and moderate incomes. Awards ranging from $237,639 to $1 million will be used for specific projects such as water, sewer, drainage or street improvements, revitalization of targeted neighborhoods and construction of facilities such as health, youth and senior centers. Communities are required to complete their designated project within two years of receiving awards. A list of the communities receiving the CDBG grants is attached.
Time for Action to Preserve CDBG
Please continue to talk with your member of Congress and U.S. Senators how CDBG, and other programs like USDA Rural Development grant and loan programs, and funding for public safety and transportation have helped your city. As always, provide specific examples of how funds for those programs have financed critical infrastructure, leveraged private investment, and enhanced the quality of life for residents in your community. Note that Georgia has two representatives on the U.S. House Budget Committee, Rep. Rob Woodall and Rep. Drew Ferguson. Rep. Tom Graves and Rep. Sanford Bishop serve on the House Appropriations Committee. And Senator David Perdue serves on the Senate Committee on the Budget.
If you have contacts in these offices, please be sure to talk with them about municipal priorities and which programs are important to your city. For up to date information about the federal budget and appropriations processes, as well as possible outcomes and where the numbers currently stand, please visit the National League of Cities (NLC) “budget tracker” resource: http://www.nlc.org/federal-budget-fy18-tracker-state-of-play-for-cities